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James HANCOCK (1730-1796) m. Elizabeth RANDALL (1725-1787)
s/o William H HANCOCK (1704-1787) m. Sarah DAWSON (1703-1778)
d/o Joseph RANDALL (1697-1772) m. Rebecca DOANE (1701-1760)
James and Elizabeth were active in the Quaker Religion, having served as overseers of Pikeland and Newbury meetings and serving on various committees. James was a cooper by trade, and a landowner.
11 May 1725 Elizabeth RANDALL born at Middletown, Bucks, PA (2nd oldest; 2nd dau; of 12 children)
2 Nov 1730 James HANCOCK born at Harrisburg, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania [one source says at Philadelphia Co. (now Montgomery Co.) PA.] (oldest son of 3 sons)
8 Feb 1751 Marriage Intention at Middletown MM, Bucks, PA [Quaker Meeting Records Middletown MM p.397 (doc)] [6 Mar 1752 Intention, p. 338 (doc)] [Middletown MM Bucks, certificate after marriage (doc)] [24 Feb 1752 Quaker Meeting Records at Middletown MM indicating move from Abington MM and marriage of James and Elizabeth p. 183 and p.186 request for certificate for Elizabeth Randall (2doc)]
26 Mar 1752 James HANCOCK (age 21) and Elizabeth RANDALL (age 26) married at Middletown, PA. [Langhorne Bucks, PA: Pennsylvania Compiled Marriage Records, Middletown MM, p.222 (doc)] [Uwchlan MM Chester, PA Quaker Meeting records: James birth 2 Nov 1730; father William Hancock, mother Sarah Hancock; Elizabeth’s father Joseph Randall, mother Rebecca Randall (doc)] [Uwchlan MM Quaker Meeting Birth Records p. 35 (doc)] [Women’s meeting of Middletown MM record of marriage 2 Feb 1752, p. 269 (doc)] [Goshen MM, Chester, PA, Marriage p.141 (doc)]
11 Feb 1753 son Joseph HANCOCK born at Middletown, Dauphin Co., PA; d. Bef. 1794. [Uwchlan MM Quaker Meeting Birth Records p. 35 (2doc)]
14 Oct 1754 son William HANCOCK born at Middletown, Dauphin Co., PA; d. February 1755, Middletown, Dauphin Co., PA. [Uwchlan MM Quaker Meeting Records p. 36, lists two daughters of William who died 1758 (Sarah and Rebekah] (doc)] [Uwchlan MM Quaker Meeting Birth Records p. 35 (2doc)]
1756 James HANCOCK and family moved from Abington to Goshen, Chester Co, PA.
18 Oct 1756 James HANCOCK and Elizabeth RANDALL received certificate from Abington, MM
13 Jun 1756 dau Sarah HANCOCK born at Chester Co., PA; d. October 1758. [Uwchlan MM Quaker Meeting Birth Records p. 35 (2doc)]
22 Oct 1757 dau Rebecca HANCOCK born at Chester Co., PA; d. March 1758. [Uwchlan MM Quaker Meeting Birth Records p. 35 (2doc)]
02 Feb 1759 dau Elizabeth HANCOCK born at Chester Co., PA; m. Isaac FISHER, 30 October 1799, Bedford Co., PA [Uwchlan MM Quaker Meeting Birth Records p. 35 (2doc)]
21 Dec 1760 son James HANCOCK, Jr born at Chester Co., PA; d.01 March 1843, Bedford Co., PA. [Uwchlan MM Quaker Meeting Birth Records p. 35 (2doc)]
1762 James HANCOCK was member of Pikeland overseer prior to 1762
09 Nov 1762 son John HANCOCK born at Chester County, Pennsylvania; d. Deceased; m. Hannah KENWORTHY, 03 December 1800; b. Abt. 1780. 1820, In Census for Page 035 St. Clair Township, Bedford County, Pennsylvania [Uwchlan MM Quaker Meeting Birth Records p. 35 (doc)]
04 Nov 1764 dau Sarah HANCOCK born; m. John EVERETT, 1805 [Uwchlan MM Quaker Meeting Birth Records p. 35 (2doc)]
10 May 1767 son Benjamin HANCOCK born at Chester County, Pennsylvania; d. 05 May 1852; m. Hannah CROSS, 11 April 1785, German Reformed Church, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania [there is a Benjamin in the 1800, 1810 and 1820 Bedford County census and in 1810 resided with one female age 45 and older. Also a Benjamin married a Hannah Cross 11 April 1785 in a German Reformed Church. Again, a Benjamin served in the Philadelphia Militia 1789 and another in the Delaware county Militia 1792. In 1784 a Benjamin H owned 400acres of land by warrant in Northumberland County, PA (also a reference to 400 acres in Northhampton, don't know if they are one and the same)] [Uwchlan MM Quaker Meeting Birth Records p. 35 (2doc)]
26 Apr 1769 son Joel HANCOCK born at Chester County, Pennsylvania; d. 14 April 1824, Westland, Washington Co., Pennsylvania. [Uwchlan MM Quaker Meeting Birth Records p. 35 (2doc)]
10 May 1770 James HANCOCK at Uwchlan, Middletown; certificate of removal to Warrington MM p.51 (doc)]
9 Jun 1770 James HANCOCK at Uwchlan, Middletown, Warrington MM rec; departed 19 Dec 1797 [nd., Quaker Meeting Records Middletown MM, Bucks, PA; Pre-Hicsite Index: pp. 183, 186 (doc)]
1770 James HANCOCK and family moved to York, PA.
1787 Elizabeth RANDALL died at Newberry, York, PA
1790 Census York Co, PA: James HANCOCK
1794 James HANCOCK and family moved to Bedford, PA
13 Dec 1794 James HANCOCK Certificate from Warrington MM accepted at Monallen MM [Monallen MM Adams Co, PA Quaker Meeting records (Pre-separation/Hicksite), p.118 (doc)]
9 Feb 1795 James HANCOCK Monallen MM rec
26 Jan 1796 James HANCOCK died at Bedford, PA [Pennsylvania Wills & Probates, Vol 001-003, 1771-1849; p249 (721 of 724) (doc)] [Quaker Meeting Records Uwchlan MM lists family births (p.36; deaths p.37 (doc)] [York Co, PA Willis, Newberry Twp: Prove date-26 Jan 1796; James Hancock. Apr --, 1794. Executors: John, Benjamin, and Joel Hancock. Newberry Township. Wife: Elizabeth Hancock. Children: James, Elizabeth, Sarah, John, Benjamin, and Joel.
York County, Pennsylvania Wills, 1749-1819: James Hancock, Newberry Township Date: Apr 1794 Prove Date: 26 Jan 1796 Remarks: James Hancock. Apr --, 1794. Executors: John, Benjamin, and Joel Hancock. Newberry Township. Wife: Elizabeth Hancock. Children: James, Elizabeth, Sarah, John, Benjamin, and Joel.
Will of James Hancock:
The nineteenth day of the fourth month in the year of our Lord One Thousand
Seven Hundred and Ninety four, I James Hancock of the Township of Newbury in the County of York and the State of Pennsylvania Cooper: Being now in the decline of Life, but of perfect mind and memory, and knowing that it is appointed for all men once to die. I do ordain this my last Will and Testament, and that is to say, I desire that my Body be buried in a Christian
and decent manner, at the discretion of my Executors or friends. And as
touching such Worldly Estate wherewith I am blest in this Life. I give and
devise and dispose of in the following manner and form.
I Tim. I order first of all that the Doctor Bill and my Funeral expenses be
paid, and next that all my just Debts be discharged.
Imprims, I give and bequeath unto Elizabeth my beloved wife one feather bed, and one pair of bedsteads and sufficient bed cloathes thereunto belonging. One good milch cow, one spinning wheel, one table, one iron pot, and a sufficiency of other kitchen furniture equivalent thereunto sufficient for her own use.
I Tim. I give and bequeath unto my Eldest son James, sixty pounds inland and grain in the ground, (now sold to him for One Hundred pounds, exclusive of 7the sixty pounds which I here will to him. And likewise Five pounds in money for his filial services done while with me afte rhe was of age, which five pounds I direct to be paid to him or his heirs five years after my discease, by my Executors hereafter named.
I Tim. I give and bequeath unto my daughter Elizabeth all her wearing apparel, and likewise all her bed clothes which she is now in possession of, her side saddle and bridle, and thirteen pounds in money, Three pounds of said thirteen is for her filial services done after she was of age, to be paid to her or her heirs seven years after my discease by my Executors.
I Tim. I give and bequeath unto my Daughter Sarah all her wearing apparal and bed clothes equal in number and value with her sister Elizabeth, a side saddle and bridle, and thirteen pounds in money. Three pounds of said thirteen is for her filial services done after she was of age, to be paid to her or her heirs eight years after my discease by my Executors.
I Tim. I give and bequeath unto my sons John, Benjamin and Joel for their and each of the filial services done after they were of age. Unto John my watch or seven pounds in money, and unto Benjamin my new saddle. And unto Joel a saddle equal to Benjamins.
I likewise give and bequeath unto my three sons above named (to wit) John,
Benjamin and Joel all the remainder of my real and personal Estate, after the
above legacies is deducted, each of them to have an equal share thereof, with each of them paying unto their Mother yearly and every year the sum of three pounds lawful money of Pennsylvania during her natural life, except she intermarries with another man, and if that should be the case with her, then that yearly legacy from my sons to her to cease. Notwithstanding if any of these my three last mentioned sons die whilst their mother remaineth my widow him or them that heirs his or their parts of the estate is to make up the
yearly dowry to their mother as above.
I Tim. I do likewise constitute make and ordain these my beloved sons John
Hancock, Benjamin Hancock and Joel Hancock all of the Township of Newbury in the County of York and the State of Pennsylvania affore said to be my only and my absolute and sole Executors of this last Will and Testament. And I do hereby utterly disallow, revoke and dis annull, all and every other former Testaments, Wills, Legacies and Executors by me in any ways before this time.
Names, Willed and bequeathed, Ratifying and confirming this and no other to be my last Will and Testament. In Witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal the day and year above written.
(Signed: James Hancock)
Signed, Sealed, Published, Pronounced and declared by the said James Hancock as his last Will and Testament. In the presence of us the Subscribers."
(Signed: Samuel Miller Zephaniah Underwood Ezekiel Kirk)
"N.Ps. I James Hancock of the Township of Newbury in the County of York and State of Pennsylvania Cooper, in the foregoing Will recited do note here as a part of my Foregoing Will. That is to say, If any of my children before
mentioned in my will should die without leaving any lawful issue then my will
is that the whole of their part or parts of the Estate which I have here before
willed to them shall be equally divided among the rest of my children then
living. This I make as a Supplement to my foregoing Will. In witness whereof I hereunto set my hand and Seal this nineteenth day of the fourth month in the year of our Lord One Thousand Seven Hundred and Ninety four.
(Signed: James Hancock)
RECORDS/DOCUMENTS James Elizabeth
Marriage X X
26 Mar 1752 - Marriage Record Index X X
1796 Will X